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23rd February 2013: A ride to Settle

Snow on the picnic tables at the Crook n’Lune.

The cake photo at the Reading Room Cafe in Clapham where the ride started from.

A view of a cafe from the past.

At end of Thwaite Lane at the cross roads with Crummack Lane.

Heading down the bridleway to Austwick Beck.

Crossing over Austwick Beck.

Snowdrops in Wharfe.

The start of the new section of the Pennine Bridleway into Stainforth.

Heading along the Pennine Bridleway into Stainforth.

At end of the new section of Pennine Bridleway in the National Parks car park in Stainforth.

Looking back down the Pennine Bridleway towards Stainforth.

The view looking down into Ribblesdale from the Winskill Stones.

Looking across the limestone pavement towards Upper Winskill

A lunchtime view.

Another lunch time view, after our lunch stop I left Norman and Chris to follow the Pennine Bridleway down to Settle.

Following the Pennine Bridleway down to Settle and yes its snowing.

The cake photo at the Settle Down Cafe.

The view out of the cafe window.

The view of rocky outcrop at the side of Eldroth Road.

A view of the church at Eldroth.

Reflections on Mewith Lane.

Hedge laying on Long Lane near Ashleys Farm.

A view of the River Lune near Bull Beck Bridge.

Another view of the River Lune from near Bull Beck Bridge.

Ride report by Simeon Orme

Some folks would think I was mad but I was up early so I decide to ride to the start of the ride which is just under eighteen miles away, it took me about a hour and half of riding time to get start of the ride in Clapham where Norman was getting his bike out of the car so stop to chat to him and then we both headed into the Reading Room Cafe for a brew, we soon join by our leader for today’s ride Chris.

We manage to talk Chris out of his original plan ride to Arncliffe due to weather conditions which would make a good ride in the Spring and Summer months.

So after we finish chatting in the cafe, we head out of Clapham along Thwaite Lane and then headed up Crummack Lane before following the bridleway over Austwick Beck down to Wharfe where the Snowdrops out in flower.

From Wharfe we rejoin the tarmac and did a few miles of road work heading over toward Swarth Moor and then headed down Ribblesdale,  following lanes through Little Stainforth where we cross over the River Ribble and follow a new bit of the Pennie Bridleway into Stainforth.

From Stainforth we continue on Pennine Bridleway and climb out of the Ribble Valley following the bridleway around to Winskill Stones where we rejoin the tarmac again for short section of road work before turning on to Settle Loop of the Pennine Bridleway, we soon stop for some lunch in the shelter of cave at the side of the track.

After lunch I had fill of riding in snow earlier on in the month, so left other two to continue along around the Settle Loop and headed down the Pennine Bridleway into Settle for a brew at Settle Down Cafe.

It was still snowing after my brew stop and continue to do so until I had climb out of the Ribble Valley and got on to cyclist motorway between Giggleswick and Wray which is know locally as Mewith Lane which I followed back to Wray and headed back down the Lune Valley to Halton where I live.

Norman and Chris continue around on Settle Loop before dropping back down in Settle via Stockdale Road, Lambert Lane and Lodge Road. From Settle they stay on tarmac and followed the Stainforth Lane up the Ribble Valley through Stackhouse and Little Stainforth over to Swarth Moor and then the lanes back through Austwick back to Clapham.

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